Jillian Edelstein interview
Jillian Edelstein was born and grew up in South Africa. She graduated as a social worker before starting work as a press photographer in Johannesburg in 1981. She moved to London in 1985 and has worked
as a freelance photographer since 1986. Her portraits have appeared in the Sunday Times Magazine, the New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Time and the New Yorker. Edelstein has received a number of awards for her work.
Date: 12 September 2002
Questions for Jillian Edelstein
- Why did you emigrate from South Africa to London in 1985?
- How do you prepare for a shoot with somebody, is it different every time or do you have a system?
- Do you research your sitter?
- Is there any particular shoot that you can remember more than others amongst the photographs that the NPG owns?
- Any others?
- In the series 'affinities' and 'soul-mates' for Managing Partners for the NPG what particularly attracts you to the double portrait?
- The Jay Jopling/Sam Taylor-Wood portrait, can you talk about that?